Betty Harrison was born in 1950 near Wigan in the industrial North West of England subsequently moving to nearby St Helens where she eventually did a Pre-dip course in the late sixties. Her art education was put on hold, but after moving to Cheltenham, where she still lives, she gained a BA Hons in Fine Art at the university of Gloucestershire in 2007. During her second year, she was awarded the Summerfield Scholarship to study at the British School of Rome. After a near sell-out degree show she continues to paint in her studio in Cheltenham.
‘My paintings are mostly inspired by my love of the British landscape and in particular the subtle hues of autumn and winter. Mist shrouded beaches and snow clad fields and hillsides, mysterious forests and abandoned buildings in town or country all hold a fascination for me. My northern upbringing and my ancestry in the Orkney Islands of Scotland are perhaps the reasons why I am drawn to the understated sublimity of these shores. Some of my more recent work is also concerned with the depiction of animals and people in these landscapes.’